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Pirlo: ‘Matthijs de Ligt is partly trained’

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Matthijs de Ligt will be evaluated by Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo, who also said that Leonardo Bonucci has only ‘partially trained’ and that Alvaro Morata is ‘better’ than Lazio.

Aaron Ramsey and Nicol Fagioli are ready to face the Aquile on Saturday, according to the Old Lady coach, who revealed that some of his players could recover.

The Bianconeri have had several absentees in recent weeks and are still short, so coach Pirlo will have to rely on some of his players to ‘grit their teeth and keep going without the rest they need.

“Some of the unavailable players have partially practiced with the squad this morning; we still have one day to find someone,” he said.

Rodrigo Bentancur tested positive for coronavirus, and Pirlo said he’ll have to invent something’ to beat Simone Inzaghi’s team.

“It’s a shame Bentacur isn’t available; we’ll have to come up with a way to field the best lineup possible.”

Pirlo said Spain international Alvaro Morata ‘improves’ every day. Matthijs de Ligt has yet to return to training with the squad.

Pirlo added, “De Ligt has not yet practiced.” “We’ll see how he’ll be tomorrow.

“Leonardo Bonucci practiced in part, he is improving, but he has been out for 16 days.

“Morata is getting better; he attempts to change his shape every day.”

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Ramsey, a Welsh midfielder, could face the Aquile, according to the coach.

“Ramsey is fine; he’s a capable player. He can be an extra resource tomorrow; he’s good, and we may need him.”

When given the chance to play, youngster Nicol Fagioli has impressed, and Pirlo has hinted that he could start against Simone Inzaghi’s side.

“Fagioli could start or not,” he said, adding that it would depend on who was eligible. “He should have started the night before, but he ran into a problem.”

“He’s doing well in training; he understands what he has to do and is confident in his abilities. We are, however, at ease.”

Arthur Melo is expected to return to action against FC Porto in the Champions League, according to Inzaghi.

Pirlo expressed his optimism, saying, “I hope so, the visit he had yesterday went well. The pain is lessening; it will largely rely on when he can join the team on the pitch. We hope he will assist us in the upcoming matches.”

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